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Words Of Wisdom March 15

Memory Verse
And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that  who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps'” (John 4:36–37).
 
Words Of Wisdom
Concerning John 4:36-37, Bob Wilkin wrote: “Jesus now launches into a brief discussion of eternal rewards. Anyone who does God’s work, “receives wages and gathers fruit for eternal life.” Wages (misthos) refers to eternal rewards, not eternal life. The former is a free gift (cf. 4:10); the latter a payment for work done. Gathering fruit for eternal life refers either to leading other people to faith in Christ (and hence to eternal life) or to laying up treasure for oneself, which will be useful in one’s eternal experience. In light of 1 Cor 3:5–15—which is surely based
on the Lord’s teaching here—the latter interpretation is suggested. However, possibly the Lord meant both things with the one expression. The work of God is a team effort. Neither the sower nor the harvester is more important or more highly rewarded.”

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